Father Javier Diaz and the Salvadoran Catholic community of Christ the King Parish, Long Branch, celebrated the Feast of Divine Savior of the World Aug. 5. Bishop Constantino Barrera from the Diocese of Sonsonate, El Salvador, was invited to celebrate Mass with a festival following that included dinner and dancing. Prior to the Mass, the community prayed the Rosary.
PHOTO GALLERY: Feast of the Divine Savior of the World celebration in Long Branch
The celebration of "El Divino Salvador del Mundo" is based on the biblical story that says that, Jesus arriving at the foot of the mountain, the Lord chose three of his disciples: Peter, James and John to accompany him and witness one of the most glorious moments in his life as a human. Upon reaching the top of the hill, Jesus was transfigured from man to God; and the account says that his garments became radiant as light and whiter than snow, and a voice from above said: “This is my beloved son, in whom my favor rests. (Mt. 17: 1-13)
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Bishop Constantino Barrera from the Diocese of Sonsonate, El Salvador was principal celebrant of a Mass for the Feast of the Divine Savior of the World Aug. 5 in the parish hall of Holy Trinity Church, Long Branch. At right is Father Javier Diaz, pastor of Christ the King Parish, Long Branch. Mike Ehrmann photo